Pacific baseball's season is rapidly winding down and the Tigers will play the first of their final five games on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Reno against Nevada
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Pacific at Nevada | 6:00 p.m. PST
Venue: William Peccole Park
Weather: MCloudy | High of 74, Low of 52 | 10% chance of precipitation
Live stats (Provided by San Diego): https://nevadawolfpack.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary
GAME ONE (Pacific) Joe Standley | So. | LHP | 7.07 ERA |1-1 | 20 K's |19.1 IP vs. (Nevada) TBA
With the Tigers mathematically eliminated from West Coast Conference Tournament contention, the Tigers look to close out the season on a high note with wins in their final four games. The Tigers have one WCC series left with Portland and two-midweek games against Nevada and Stanford.
Among the best...
Junior catcher James Free was included in last week's D1baseball.com Power Rankings at No. 14 in the nation's best catchers. The switch hitter is hitting .331 with 8 home runs, 37 RBIs and 13 doubles. All four statistics lead Pacific. Defensively, he's fielding at a .997% clip and has thrown out 22 runners trying to steal.
Freshman outfielder James Arakawa has turned into a staple for the Tigers in recent weeks. He's settled in nicely into the leadoff spot and has reached safely in 17-straight games; the longest streak for the Tigers this season. In the stretch, he's hitting .345 with two doubles, six walks, two hit-by-pitches and a .422 on-base percentage.
The Tiger Way...
Pacific has found ways to generate offense this year and its been done by playing small ball. The Tigers are third in the nation in sac bunts with 52. 74 times the Tigers have gotten on base by getting hit by a pitch, good for 32nd in the nation. Keaton Glover and Kevin Sandri are tied for 12th in the nation in sac bunts laid down.
Ryan Shreve's no-hitter...
Junior pitcher Ryan Shreve dealt just the fourth no-hitter in program history on Sunday, April 14 at Santa Clara. He struck out nine and only allowed a base-runner by way of a hit by pitch. He retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced.
For his efforts, he was named NCBWA Player of the Week as well as the West Coast Conference Player of the Week and was a finalist for the @d1baseball Golden Spikes Performance of the Week. He finished third in the Twitter voting.
It was the first no-hitter for a Pacific pitcher since D.J. Houlton threw one in May of 2001 against UC Riverside. Houlton went on to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
More on Shreve...
The Tiger righty ranks in the top-100 in the nation in:
WHIP - 9th (0.86)
Complete Games - 8th (3)
Walks allowed per nine innings - 15th (1.26)
Strikeouts to walk ratio - 4 (5.09)
Hits allowed per nine innings - 61st (6.49)
Junior outfielder Keaton Glover is yet to commit an error this season in Pacific's outfield. In 138 chances he has 135 putouts and three outfield assists.
Garko Era: Year Two...
Pacific head coach and former major-leaguer, Ryan Garko, enters his second season at the helm of the program this year. He and his staff helped guide the Tigers to a four-win improvement overall and a five-win improvement in West Coast Conference play. 2019 ushers in a new season as well as Garko's first recruiting class, which looks to make a mark this season.